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Published on March 14th, 2016 | by Angie


Knit by Bit: free t-shirt yarn coaster pattern

If you have some spare t-shirt yarn hanging around, then you’ll love this stashbusting t-shirt yarn coaster pattern. 

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T-shirt yarn is fun, funky, and accessible. Whether you have some leftover that you bought to make a larger project, or decided to sacrifice a t-shirt for the greater good, this project is perfect for stashbusting those little odds and ends of t-shirt yarn.

Awhile back, I bought a huge 850 gram cone of Hoooked Zpagetti yarn to crochet a new bathroom rug. After making my new rug, I still had a chunk of the yarn left – but what could I do with it? T-shirt yarn is generally thought to be crochet-only and not particularly suitable to knitting – but I was determined to knit with it.

I looked around my apartment, looking for inspiration. I sat down at my kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee and a banana to eat breakfast – and realized that I couldn’t find a coaster, and I was leaving coffee rings all over my clean table. Sometimes, inspiration strikes in the way of necessity.


Scrap amounts of t-shirt yarn like Hoooked Zpagetti

10 mm (US 15) needles



Knit by Bit: free t-shirt yarn coaster pattern at LoveKnitting


This pattern is incredibly and utterly simple. Beginners, never fear – you can have a whole set of new coasters in less than an hour with no problem.

Cast on 7 stitches.

Knit in stockinette stitch  for 7 rows.

Cast off and weave in ends.

Voila! One new coaster. You might want to block your new coaster if it isn’t sitting quite flat – or you could flatten it between two very large books for a day or two.

These simple coasters soak up a lot of liquid, and they are machine washable. You could make a whole set in no time at all, which means they make a great housewarming gift for that party you totally forgot about until 20 minutes ago. I find them to be more versatile and resilient than the cheap cardboard coasters in grocery stores, and they aren’t so pretty that you’ll cry if they actually do their job of soaking up coffee, tea, and condensation.

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Last updated: March 14th, 2016.

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